Baseball Ranked #12 In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Dec. 23, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team has been ranked #12 in the Collegiate Baseball 'Fabulous 40' preseason poll. ASU finished last season ranked #3 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll thanks to their third place finish at the College World Series.

The Sun Devils, coming off a 42-25 mark last year, will open the 2006 campaign at Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark with a three-game series against Cal-State Northridge beginning on January 27th. ASU returns 20 lettermen from the 2005 squad, including OF Colin Curtis and LHP Brett Bordes. The Sun Devils will debut the nation's second ranked recruiting class as well, led by LHP/OF Ike Davis and 3B/SS Matt Hall.

Arizona State University is one of three Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top 25. Oregon State (#3) and Stanford (#25) are the others. Defending National Champion Texas is ranked #1. The Sun Devils and Longhorns will meet March 14 in Austin.

The Sun Devils annually play one of the toughest schedules in the nation, and 2006 will be no exception as ASU will play 11 teams ranked in the Top 40 this season. The Sun Devils will face #3 Oregon State on Feburary 11th in the Coca Cola Classic Tournament in Surprise, Ariz. as well as host the Beavers in a Pac-10 series (May 12-14), host #32 Houston in Tempe for a three game set Feb. 17-19, travel to Waco, Texas to meet up with #23 Baylor (Feb. 24-26), face #5 Rice and #27 TCU in the WhataBurger Baseball Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas (Mar. 11-12), welcome #29 Oklahoma to Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark (Mar. 17-19), as well as play Pac-10 series with #21 USC (Apr. 13-15), #25 Stanford (in Palo Alto Apr. 28-30) and #38 Washington (Apr. 7-9). ASU will also face in-state rival #31 Arizona five times. They will play in the first annual Challenge at Chase on April 2nd, in Tempe on May 2, and square off in a three-game series in Tucson from May 19 through 21.

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